Sports betting in Maine has officially received the green light from the state’s Gambling Control Unit. Starting at 9 am today, individuals can now legally participate in sports gambling within the state of Maine. This development was announced by the Maine Department of Public Safety earlier this week when they formally adopted the rules governing sports betting. Licensed operators wasted no time, beginning pre-launch advertising and accepting account deposits on Wednesday.
The journey to legalize sports betting in Maine began when Governor Janet Mills approved the bill in May of 2022, and it subsequently became law in August of the same year. Under this state law, exclusive online sports betting rights are granted to Maine’s four tribes.
The Maliseet, Micmac, and Penobscot Tribes have entered into a partnership with Caesars Sportsbook, while DraftKings revealed their agreement with the Passamaquoddy Tribe on Tuesday. Furthermore, the law permits sports betting at Maine’s two casinos, with the potential for five off-track betting sites in the near future. It’s important to note that participants must be at least 21 years of age to engage in sports wagering.
There are also whispers circulating around the Old Port, hinting at the possibility of a Sportsbook establishment gracing one of the cobblestone streets in the very near future… 👀